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Camoes, THELUSIAD, OR, PORTUGALS HISTORICALL POEM LuÃs Vaz de CamÃµes (c. 1524-1580), the famous Lisbon poet, composed Os Lusiades in 1572 to glorify the expedition and exploits of Vasco da Gama in the Indian Ocean. It is a lengthy and epic poem, consisting of ten cantos, the portion relating to mainland Southeast Asia limited to a portion of the last of these. Only this portion is reproduced below. The chief utility of this information for the historian is that it helps us to understand how much, by 1572, Portuguese at home knew about the... Keywords:Camoes; The Lusiad; Portuguese; Burma; SBBR; Soas Bulletin of Burma Research; Michael W. Charney Downloads: 47